Aug 18, 2010

NEW Pandora Starter Bracelets Now Here!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new braided leather pandora starter bracelets! These cute starter kits are so hot and fashion forward. Each bracelet comfortably fits 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inch wrists. Downward sizing is possible by simply adding a knot!


Affordably priced at $23.95 each bracelet also ships with a FREE GIFT!
Bonus includes 3 tibetan silver metal charms which will fit any pandora style bracelet.














Putty Beige Braided Leather Pandora Starter Bracelet

Black Braided Leather Starter Bracelet




Aug 10, 2010

My First Scamming "Buyer" on Etsy - Tia Callarman of 747 Timber Run Havana FL 32333

I guess it was bound to happen to me at some point but it is truly with mixed emotion that I am reporting this unfortunate incident, namely the first scammer I've had the misfortune to come across in my three plus years as an etsy seller.   

Negative feedback for this etsy transaction has been left as follows:
"Etsy sellers beware - DO NOT DO BUSINESS with this party! This is a SCAMMING BUYER. After waiting a day, I sent a friendly reminder for payment, at which point the 'buyer' acknowledged by convo that she wanted the item and promptly forwarded funds.


After that, this person did not respond to my convo enquiry about whether modifications were required prior to shipping. Despite no reply, I went ahead and shipped this necklace because prompt shipping is a hallmark of my online businesses.


United States Air Force Sterling Silver Locket part of Tia Callarman 747 Timber Run Havana FL 32333 Scam

Six hours after I marked the item as shipped, this individual launched a paypal dispute to recover her funds.  Since the shipment would have just left Toronto (for Florida) the timeline and details in this case show deliberate deceitful intent.
 PayPal reviewed the case and because I didn't have a tracking number as evidence of shipping (a $14 service that this person had not requested or purchased) the chargeback was decided against me. This is a classic scam. The purchaser gets your high quality handmade goods and then to double the hurt they also recover all of the funds involved. Although the majority of online shoppers are honest, there are those like Tia Callarman who do find all available loopholes in order to cheat.


This transaction is an example of the type of abuse that I did not expect to contend with on Etsy. I have asked Etsy to remove this individual from the community so that other honest esty sellers are not subjected to this form of emotional abuse and financial damage.It was never clarified by PayPal exactly what the basis of this party's dispute was concerning the transaction. I still do not know if Tia Callarman of 747 Timber Run, Havana Florida 32333 is claiming that her etsy account was somehow used in an unauthorized way. If so, it would have been decent and ethical if this individual had contacted me to explain her position. This party has been silent with zero reply to my 2 short convo attempts to establish contact and receive clarification."




Finally, it is ironic that I even used the PayPal Ship module so here's a copy of the Tia Callarman Ship Label...

There are several individuals named as currently residing along with "Tia Callarman" at 747 Timber Run, Havana Florida 32333.  In future posts I will be listing these other individuals by name.  If the Tia Callarman party had any conscience they would have marked return to sender on my package so I would at least have recovered my item.  Abuses such as this premeditated scam have a ripple down affect that result in higher prices for everyone else.

Mar 12, 2010

Cool Bling Runnings:: Ebony Loc Jewelry



It never ceases to amaze me the twists and turns (get it?) that my life takes!  A couple of months ago our friend DB-H who's also a fan of my jewelry asked if I could provide her with a few cool looking sterling silver or glittery charms to adorn her dreadlocks.  That was admittedly uncharted waters for me - something I'd never thought about creating.   

Okay, I hesitated a bit, gave it cursory thought and promptly replied to her that it's no problem to put together a small assortment of tiny charm bling... and just off the top of my head I also promised that I'd figure out a way to secure the charms in her dreads perhaps using smallish (7mm) sterling silver spring rings.

Well off I went to ponder this project, but upon close inspection of my sterling silver spring rings (under my strong magnifiers) I wasn't thrilled with how they would pan out (although small, professionally made spring rings are better than nothing and they'll do in a pinch I suppose).   But on further reflection, it seemed apparent to me that a spring ring wouldn't provide enough 'catch' meaning it would be prone to slide off. 

Another issue that came to mind was how my 7mm spring rings (with their diamond cut edges) would be apt to get caught up in the hair.  Now admittedly it was 30 years ago, but I was once trained as a professional hair stylist, so proper hair care is quite important to me.  And my ethnic mix that includes African genes has given me an acute understanding of just how fragile black hair really can be, so above all else I definitely don't want to promote solutions that might damage the hair in any way. 

So what to do?  Well, by some miracle of fate and technology I found online references to many, many forms of handmade dreadlock hair accessories.  Really cool stuff to be sure :)

Dreadlock jewellery making techniques date back to the beginning of time.  Some loc jewelry making techniques can easily be replicated today if you possess basic wirework skills, small scraps of wire (small scraps of precious metal wire are even better in my opinion). 

The copper wire used here is is 20 gauge round copper wire provided courtesy of my friend Lois of A Beaded Affair located in Philly, PA.  I recommend you buy an introductory amount of Lois' 18 gauge or 20g round copper wire for this project.

Email me if you need a tutorial on how to work this project.  To finish off, just toss in a few leftover crystals, shells, glass beads, charms, souvenirs, or well, if you've got access to even tiny quantities of extraordinary genuine gemstone specimens... then voila! 

There you have it... dread jewelry, loc jewellery, dredlock charms, dreadlock adornments... well whatever you wanna call it... we now have 'em!  and we'll work them up in any diameter to perfectly fit the size of your locks.  Just let me know what metal, what diameter/size, and which adornments will make you most happy :)

Mar 7, 2010

New Shop on DaWanda is Now Open




Feb 24, 2010

Dawanda




Feb 18, 2010

Our OWOH Winner...

okay so the entries have been tallied and I'm a bit late with this... but our winner is:

Darcey of 365 Days of Discovery and Barefoot & Breathless! 

Check out Darcey's INTERESTING and WELL WRITTEN blogs:
365 Days of Discovery

Barefoot and Breathless

On the above e-logs, Darcey explains the ins and outs behind some of her creative pursuits. This artist appears to execute everything she does with notable precision. I'm still trying to find out if Darcey operates any online shops. If she does, I'll post a follow up article about what she offers for sale online!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment.  I especially wish to thank all of my new followers for joining this blog network.  As promised, I am now following your blogs too :)

Jan 25, 2010

Our One World One Heart (OWOH) Blog Contest and Free GiveAway Item



Here is a picture of the SassyDLite entry in the 2010 "One World One Heart" (OWOH) blog giveaway event.  If you're our winner, SassyDLite handmade jewelry by Oracle Gem Designs will send you these genuine gemstone blue sapphire earrings! 

These classic earrings measure almost 1 1/4 inches in length and all metal is sterling silver.  I called this creation "Arabian Nights" because these stunning deep blue sapphires conjure images of a star filled Arabian sky at night.  Jump on the Magic Carpet to enter (see instructions below)!

PS, on my sister blog (click HERE) I'm offering a second beautiful giveaway too!

The One World One Heart (OWOH) event is designed to boost the efforts of bloggers as it encourages blog writers from across the globe to connect and get to know one another better. For more information click this image:

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How to Enter
:  While you're here, please follow my blog (click the Follow icon to the left) and to enter the giveaway to receive this free item, just leave a comment on this blog post.  Remember, if you're my winning entry I'll need to be able to contact you by email so please include a valid email address in your comment. 

Getting Connected:  If you're a fellow blogger, I'd love to hear from you so send comments or suggestions.  Write me and I'll visit your blog too or simply feel free to write just to say hi. 

How to Participate:  Jump on the magic carpet and go for a quick spin!  Visit THIS LINK to find a complete list of 2010 OWOH participants (called Magic Carpet Ticket Holders). 

Each of the 2010 OWOH participants is currently offering at least one free giveaway item so enter as many of the giveaways as you like!!!

And if you're not already involved in this remarkable global project, please make yourself a note to join us next January for the 2011 fun!

Contest Closes: February 15th at midnight Eastern time. The winner will be announced here on February 16th, 2010.